Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Eiklor Essence Shop FAQ

Ooooo BOY! I have been wanting to open my own online shop for AGES now, and while I toyed around with Etsy (and hated it) for a little while, I am finally working on actually creating a shop right here on the Eiklor Essence website. WOW! I feel so very accomplished! But please be patient with us as we work to get this shop up and running. As I add new recipes and products to my posts I will also add them to my shop to sell if it is something I am interested in selling.

This post will specifically be for the FAQs. As they come up I will add them to this post. So here's what we have now:

The Item(s) I want to order is sold out. When will more be ready for sale?

Tricky question. Unfortunately I cannot give you a difinitive answer for this as I am a working mom with many many responsibilities (including caring for a congregation since I am also the wife of an elder). I try not to sell out of my popular items, but life happens. I will do my best to inform you when we are back in stock so you can hurry up and buy more.

I live in or will be visiting the Tacoma-Seattle Metro area. Is there any way I can buy some things from you instead of ordering them online?

Other than my digital products, absolutely you can buy from me in person. HOWEVER, we are unable to accept checks or credit cards so you will have to pay with either a money order or cash and in order to protect privacy we will have to make our exchange at the Panera Bread in the Lakewood Town Center. Email me what you'd like to buy and when and what times work for you so we can coordinate. I am very busy so you will have to schedule a time to meet at least 2 WEEKS in advance.

To view our shop click here
Updated 10/15/2019

My insanely EASY Lip Balm Recipe - made with my homemade rose hips infused oils


Disclaimer: this post contains my affiliate links which just means that when I refer a sale I get a small percentage, but you in no way get charged extra. Thank you very much for your support so I can keep this content free. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

Did you make your infused oils yet (not to be confused with essential oils)??? If ya did straight after the post I created for how to make them then obviously you'll need to wait several weeks before they are ready to be use. OR, if you're antsy enough, you can go ahead and just use regular oil that hasn't been infused. It's up to you.

I chose to use my rosehips infused oils because of how wonderfully soft the rosehips oils tends to make your skin. It only made sense to use it in a lip balm for maximum power in achieving luscious lips (yes I just said that)! So once you have an infusion or a simple-plain oil (like extra virgin olive oil or Avocado oil) you want to use selected then all you need to get are a few more things: bees wax pellets, essential oils of your choice (peppermint is excellent for chapped lips or you can just use a lemon essential oil mixed with a lavender essential oil for a wonderful fragrance).

So when making balms, the general rule of thumb is to use a one to two ratio of oil to bees wax pellets. Fox example, if you are using one cup of infused oil then you will want to use 2 OZ. of Bees Wax Pellets. I actually like my lip balm slightly glossier, so I went with a one to one ratio instead. You'll have to play around with it to figure out which way you like better.

THE RECIPE: Rose Hips Infused Lip Balm Recipe


INGREDIENTS:




TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:




DIRECTIONS:


If you are using an instant pot, Insert your liner and turn it on to “keep warm.”
If you are using a double boiler add water to the bottom pot and bring to a boil adding
second pot to the top. Measure your Bees wax pellets using your food scale and then add
them to your instant pot or top pot of double broiler to melt. Add your infused oil to the instant
pot. You will see that it hardens when you add it and this is because your cold oil is hardening
the bees wax. Stir it with a spoon until it mixes well and melts all the way through again.
Pour mixture into your glass measuring cup and mix essential oil into lip balm. Quickly pour
into containers before mixture hardens. If you find it hardens before you can get everything
into their containers you can scoop it back out into the instant pot or double broiler to be
melted again.

There's plenty more where that came from so come on back now, ya hear?!

Friday, October 11, 2019

How To Make Infused Oils and their healing abilities


Infused oils are insanely easy to make and have excellent health properties when you use them topically. Comfrey infused oils for example have amazing healing properties. You can use it to put on wounds and it will heal them FAST, on bruises (and again they heal fast), and my personal favorite, for bug bites. I have already tried this, even though my oils weren't completely finished when I did, and I was blown away with how fast those nasty mosquito bites went away. Usually it takes weeks of itching before I actually see the bites heal completely. After using the comfrey oil however on several bites they were totally gone the very next day. Needless to say I was already sold and can't wait to try many more of these blessed oils.

I have aspired to do infused oils for several years now, but I finally got around to it just a couple of months ago when I was inspired by my bestie who's been doing it for a long time now. She's got looooaaaads of videos on homemade products she shows you how to make in a way that is totally simple and real. First I will list ingredients you will need to do this and then link her video so you can see how to make it.

HERE ARE THE INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

Disclaimer: the ingredients listed below contain my affiliate links, which just means that when I refer a sale I get a small percentage for it. Don't worry though, you don't get charged extra for it, you simply to me a huge favor by helping me continue to put up free content. So thanks for your support!




  • Oil (organic is always best in my opinion) - Olive oil is great but Avocado oil doesn't go rancid near as fast as olive oil, so that is currently what I am using.
  • DRIED herbs (very important for them to be dried or they will go bad in your oil. Yeah, ehem, I learned that lesson the hard way). - ComfreyMyrrhrosehipsrose petals, and helichrysum are all the herbs I got started with.
  • Sunshine and time - it takes about 6 weeks to complete a batch of infused oils and all you do is let it sit in a sunny window in your house in a clear jar for that amount of time and that's it.
Watch the video below...



 Did you watch it all? Crazy easy right? Once your oils are done then you can simply use it as is, OR you can now easily play around with making salves, lip balm, creams, etc. I mean seriously I could spend soooooo much of my time playing around with recipes to make my own stuff (giggle).

Now stay tuned for my next post where I will show you how I used my rosehips infused oils to make some lip balm, also crazy easy to make!!!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Our Flag and Streamer Dance Team: our requirements for being able to perform with us and the products we recommend/require


This is a post in a series about our congregation's dance team and the rules we have created for it. To see the entire series check it out here.

As mentioned in our Davidic DAnce FAQs post, the Flags and Streamers are an advanced form of dance, which means we need very dedicated dancers to join us. So we have created a list of requirements you will have to abide by in order to join the team:

1). You MUST first be dedicated to the Davidic Dance practices for at least 1 and 1/2 months, showing up to all the practices which would include our Thursday AND Worship Service Practices. Why the Davidic Dance? TWO reasons: 1) many of the steps we do are in the flag routines and therefor you must know them thoroughly to be ready to do the flags, and 2) it will prove to us you are dedicated enough to be a part of the flag team. Once you have shown us you are dedicated enough, then we will be able to move you to the next requirement...

2). You MUST practice with our flagging team for at least another month and a half before you will be permitted to join us during the worship service or dance offerings. Just as it was required of you to be a part of all the practices (both worship and Thursday practices) you also will be required to come to all of the practices unless you are sick. If you are planning a vacation that falls in the middle of your month and a half training then we will have to reschedule your training to start after your vacation. This gives you a total of 3 months of dedication before we can determine whether or not you can join our Flags and Streamers team.

These rules are meant to keep it fair not only to the ones who are dedicated, but also to the ones putting in a great deal of effort to train you.

*Disclaimer: there are always exceptions to the rules so be sure to be in communication with your leadership regarding any situation that may arise when you will not be able to practice with us. The more you communicate with us and show an effort of consistency the more flexible we will be with these rules.

THE FLAGS AND STREAMERS WE REQUIRE FOR OUR TEAM

You do not have to have streamers to join our team, but you are required to order your own set of flags to have for practices BEFORE you begin your month and a half long training season. We currently are recommending you buy them from Glorious Creations and they must be the ones that are gold and on spin tube rods. Here is a tutorial I created that shows you exactly what to order (if you wish to join our team you are required to buy the exact ones I show you in this tutorial):


When it comes to the streamers, you do not necessarily have to have a pair of streamers to dance with us since many of the dances are exactly the same with both flags and streamers, the technique is just slightly different. If however you do want to use streamers and therefore perform with us then you will be required to buy the 8" X 9" size and then you can choose any one of the colors that Glorious Creations offer. Click here to buy your streamers (not one of my affiliate links).

And that concludes our series on our Davidic Dance Team. To view the entire series go here.

Our Dance Offering Apparel


This is a post in a series about our congregation's dance team and the rules we have created for it. To see the entire series check it out here.

As mentioned in one of my other posts, the Dance Offerings are much more special than our regular Worship Services. This means that there is an actual uniform we require our dancers to wear in order to perform the Offerings with us. Currently there are a few things we are allowing flexibility on so long as colors and styles are similar, but other things we are requiring in the uniform that everyone wear. We are slowly working towards all ladies wearing the exact same outfits and all the men wearing the same outfits also. However it is good to make it a slow transition so we don't overwhelm anyone to have to buy a lot all at once. So here is what we currently require:

FOR THE LADIES

Shoes:

Currently it is only required that your shoes be tan in color and can be slightly elevated either with a wedge or heal, but they CANNOT be high heals (is there anyone out there who actually wants to dance in high heals?). Eventually, however, it will be a requirement that for the Dance Offerings everyone wear the same shoes which will be the ones you see bellow:

Linodes (Tent) Leather Upper Jazz Shoe Slip-on for Women and Men


Skirts and Tops:

As of right now we do not have an exact skirt and top we require our dancers to wear, but hope to have one in the future. For now the only requirement we have is that the ladies on our team wear white tops and long, flowy skirts that reach to the ankles and also are white. A little off white is ok but only slightly. Anything too dark will not be accepted for the Offerings.

Tunics:

Right now we are requiring everyone to buy their own tunic in whichever color available as pictured below:


We have chosen a mix of colors in order to reflect the tabernacle colors.

FOR THE MEN

Sadly the men don't join us very often for the Dance Offerings (in God's timing they will join us all the time). But when they do we require them to wear black slacks, a white long-sleeved button up, and a blue tie.

Take a look at the last post in this series regarding the flags and streamers and how to join our team.

The Importance Of Dance Offerings On the High Holy Days and Why We Are Strict About Them


This is a post in a series about our congregation's dance team and the rules we have created for it. To see the entire series check it out here.

Just so ya know, we honestly aren't really that "strict" when it comes to the dance. However, for years we didn't have a uniform, you could practice any dance just once or not at all and still be part of the dance offerings, and there was no real organization. Not that any of those things are bad, but YHVH recently told me He wanted us to get more organized and to put some rules into place regarding the dance. At first I didn't really understand why when it seemed like things were working out just fine, but as we have grown I cannot even begin to explain to you how grateful I am that He told me to do this. Not only does it make my job so much easier as a leader, but it also makes the ladies on the team feel much more at ease and informed, which makes them feel a part of something bigger.

That being said, I feel the need to explain these newer and stricter rules we have in place now. First things first is that these rules do not apply to any of our worship services. ONLY to the Dance Offerings. 

SO WHAT IS A DANCE OFFERING?

If you are new to the Messianic way, you have probably never heard of a "dance offering." Definitely it is much more important than the dances we do for our regular worship services. Instead of just being a dance for regular worship, these are special dances saved for God's special High Holy Days and Historical Holidays. Symbolically it is a way to come into the Throne Room of Elohim and offer  ourselves up through dance and music. 

With these things in mind, if you knew you were about to do a dance in the presence of your king (or even in the presence of the president), more than likely you would make sure you looked excellent and that you did everything as perfect as you possibly could. I do not think our Maker expects us to be perfect when coming into His presence, but He most definitely expects us to give Him the best that we can.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DANCE OFFERING AND OUR WORSHIP SERVICES?

Our Worship Services are open to ANYONE who want to join us in the dance. You do not have to have any prior experience, nor do you have to practice with us before being able to join us in the worship. However we do ask that you practice with us prior to our services as much as possible in order to be prepared for the dances.

It is only required for the Dance Offerings to practice with the team in the 4 weeks prior to actually doing the offerings. It is also only required for the Dance Offerings to be wearing the outfits we have chosen for the Dance Offerings, which could be subject to change depending on the dance and what High Holy Day we will be doing the offering on. We keep our dance team updated of the little nuances that go into the Offerings as these things come up.

In order to create a more cohesive look and do our best to have the dance offerings memorized before actually performing them, we have done several things:

1). We Started requiring our dancers to have a specific type of outfit as a uniform only for the dance offerings (not when we have our worship services which is a separate thing).
2). We started meeting on a different day of the week instead of just on Shabbats to have more time so we could thoroughly go over the dance offerings.
3). We Created a dance step video series for our team to be able to practice at home so they will already know the steps before practicing with us.
4). We started requiring our team to practice with us for the 4 weeks leading up to our next dance offering.

*Disclaimer: there are always exceptions to the rules so be sure to be in communication with your leadership regarding any situation that may arise when you will not be able to practice with us. The more you communicate with us and show an effort of consistency the more flexible we will be with these rules.

I'll explain in the next post what our current Dance Offering Apparel is.

The Products We Recommend and/or REQUIRE For Our Worship Services and Dance Practices


This is a post in a series about our congregation's dance team and the rules we have created for it. To see the entire series check it out here.

Recently our team has gone through a great deal of changes (all good btw). We have been working hard to get everyone organized, on the same page, and looking more cohesive during the High Holy Days. So I have come up with a list of items to recommend to our team so that they can buy their sizes and blend in with us if they do not already have what we wear. While this post focuses on what we recommend for the worship services (which are different in nature to the Dance Offerings) and ARE NOT A REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE, I will have another post available showing what outfits we require for the Dance Offerings.

WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE WORSHIP SERVICES?

First thing's first: the ONLY requirement we have for our worship services is that the ladies wear a skirt below the knees for modesty's sake. Some ladies get a little offended or annoyed by this rule because they think that if they are wearing pants they are being modest, which is understandable. If you are simply doing every day tasks in pants then yes you are being modest, but while dancing you are moving your body in a way that is not normal for pants. Skirts hide the hard lines of a woman's curves and help protect the visual nature of our brothers so they are not tempted to look at their sisters in a lustful manner.

USING WRAPS OVER YOUR PANTS

There is one way around our "rule of skirts" that is permitted in our congregation: you may wear a wrap over your pants to wear just for the worship so you can still enjoy the comfort of wearing pants without compromising our rule. The wrap however MUST still be fully wrapped around your waist to completely enclose your legs so they cannot be seen, AND it must come down below your knees.



  

This is a post in a series about our congregation's dance team and the rules we have created for it. To see the entire series check it out here.

These are generally used at the beach, but I wore them for years during worship services before I was finally comfortable enough to switch to skirts. If you come to our congregation and want to try these out but are not sure how to use them, I gotcha covered. Not only did I use them myself for worship, but I also am from Hawaii which means I can show you all sorts of ways to tie these that are easy and fun.

SHOES WE RECOMMEND

We do not require any kind of shoes that you have to wear for our worship services, but we do have some that we recommend that are both comfortable and light:

Linodes (Tent) Leather Upper Jazz Shoe Slip-on for Women and Men

(click on image below to view pricing and sizes)

There are actually 2 colors for these shoes and the link will immediately take you to the black ones. For our team at Congregation T'shuvat Yisrael, BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE BROWN COLOR as the black will not be accepted when dancing with us for the Dance Offerings (although you are certainly welcome to use them for our worship services).

The Eiklor Essence Shop FAQ

Ooooo BOY! I have been wanting to open my own online shop for AGES now, and while I toyed around with Etsy (and hated it) for a little whi...